Woo hoo! You got a job! Landing a full time gig in sports ain’t an easy task! In an industry so many people want to work it the jobs are scarce and people sometimes seem dispensable.
So you’ve got a job. Awesome. Feels great doesn’t it? But that’s not why you’re reading this. Truth is, this position isn’t all you thought it was going to be and now you feel… stuck. So, what do you do?
First off, be smart. If you’re not in danger, chances are you have bills to pay. If you can help it, don’t up and quit your job without another position lined up. Step one is admitting that you’re not happy. Just being able to acknowledge that lifts a big weight off your shoulders. You need to be smart about your current situation. You’ll be looking for a new job so make sure you are still doing your current job to the best of your ability. You’re going to need a good recommendation and sports is a small world.
The job search. It feels like you were doing this last week! Do you really have to create cover letters again and update your resume? If you want a new job, yes you do. This time around though you are currently employed. The pressure to get a position because you’ve got student loan debt looming over you isn’t as high as it was last time. Take your time when you apply to jobs. You are choosing to leave a job for a new venture so put in maximum effort.
Patience is key. There are a lot of jobs out there, but now that you know what you don’t want, the positions that appeal to you seem a little more few and far between. It’s okay. Make sure you are practicing skills that are required for the new role you want to shift into. Brush up on your skills while you have some free time in case there are any projects associated with an interview.
If you’ve worked in sports before, you probably have some contacts you want to reach out to and see if they know of any open positions, but do so with care. You still need a good recommendation from your current company and want to ensure you leave in good graces.
Working in sports is a big time commitment. If you get into a job and it isn’t the right fit for you, don’t fret. There are lots of different sports, teams, leagues and more where you would be a great fit. Good luck in your search!